Better to Reign in Hell, Than Serve in Heaven
Jen Ray's first institutional solo exhibition can now be seen at Haus am Lützowplatz in Berlin. On show are her large-format colored drawings that transport viewers into a surreal universe where Amazonian women rule, militants move across dystopian landscapes, and magic spaces are occupied by rebels and provocateurs. The figures in her artwork, who are surrounded by a vast, white nothingness, clearly reflect a distance to and arrogance towards the larger world. The post-apocalyptic scenes set a haunting mood suggestive of a turbulent landscape on a distant planet.
“You can look at us if you want but you don’t have to look at us. We’re not doing this for you and what you think of us has nothing to do with who we really are.” — Jen Ray
Jen Ray was trained as an artist from 1991-1995, at Winthorp University, Rock Hill, South Carolina. Afterwards she moved to Atlanta, Georgia and later to New York City. Since 2005, she lives and works in Berlin with growing international recognition.
Available at the exhibition: Ain't We Got Fun, Jen Ray's monograph published by Gestalten.